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Most children daydream. Most children have imaginary friends they play out creative scenarios with. Their fantasy world is a simple, joyful distraction from their outer lives. Eventually their outer lives take root, and they grow out of it. Their playful fantasies become unnecessary as they develop more fulfilling relationships. Their fantasy dream world fades into the past as nothing but a wonderful childhood memory. Usually they forget it ever existed.
For some of us............it doesn't, and the consequences can be drastic.
For the past 30 years I've been living in an alternate reality that has completely taken over my life. Instead of fading into the past, it became my reality. The outside world faded & faded, and I've been fighting to reclaim it. Long past the point of being a joyful fantasy, it's become an addiction that I have unlimited access to. I have no self control. I can only distract myself out of it. I'm like an alcoholic with an unlimited supply of booze everywhere I go. When I do it too much I feel sick & dazed, yet I can't stop. I've stepped out into traffic & almost gotten myself killed more times than I can count. I've gotten better & am struggling to find footing in the outside world. In the meantime, I want to reach out.
This condition has a name. It's called Maladaptive Daydreaming, also known as Compulsive Fantasizing. I spent years feeling alone and scared, like I was the only one on the planet that could possibly be going through this. I felt like a freak. I was completely ashamed and scared to death anyone would find out. It's time to end that. We're not freaks. Our brains work differently. Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers) lead unique and enriching lives. We have wondrous gifts and gut-wrenching struggles. For the good and the bad, this condition takes a lot of strength and energy to live with. I refuse to be ashamed, and I don't want anyone else to be either.
I know there are others out there who are experiencing a similar kind of condition. Hopefully they're not experiencing it to the extreme that I have. Either way, let's talk. Perhaps we can find some answers together.
This forum isn't just for Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers). Many disorders do overlap. Feel free to discuss any that you like. Let's keep the dialog going.
One day, I hope we can all stand proud and learn to live the best of both worlds. Once we do, I'm sure we'll feel better off for having had this condition.
Hi everyone!I have started writing a book about my MDD and I was wondering if anyone here would like to share their experiences and stories with me to be published in this book?You would be totally anonymous. I'd use fake names of course.Looking for…Continue
Yeesh, it has been way too long since I posted on here. Sincere apologies to anyone I was consistently chatting with before I disappeared! Anyway, I feel like Ive reached this weird point with my daydreaming where it kind of runs on a schedule in my…Continue
Hi everyone! There seem to be quite a few people looking for ways to stop MDDing, so I figured I would share my story :)I started daydreaming when I was around 11, mainly as a coping method to deal with ugly life events. In middle school, I would…Continue
This is kind of a weird issue and now that I know about this site and everyone on it, I want to share it with people who understand. So like a lot of you, my DD characters are all actors (I wanted to act as a kid so I started just 'living my dream'…Continue
I've been daydreaming since I was a child. I'm on meds now for depression, but they do nothing for the daydreaming. I've noticed lately I can't watch TV , read a book, or do anything that I can't incorporate into my daydream. In the past I could at…Continue
Day 1 - I've been Maladaptive Daydreaming for over four years now, and I know that it's time to stop. I've recently been able to improve my life, but am facing some obstacles right now and want to clear my mind and focus on improvement. Today I…Continue
Hello any and all, This is my first time posting here. Just found out I have this condition a few days ago, and like many of you was astounded to know there are others out there as strange as me. I have been trying for the first time in my life to…Continue
As I am still relatively new to this community, I am reading occasional posts by others. I'm have noticed a lot of DDs are about their own selves.Mine are never about me, although I can certainly see some characteristics or even who I wished I was…Continue
It has been so long since I've been on in here, posting something is actually making me a little anxious, but I don't know where else to ask and get responses that would actually help:I've posted before about my world, and that I always use real…Continue
Hey guys! :) First of all I'm new here and I want to say I'm really happy to have found you! Secondly, I think I have fallen in love with a character from my fantasies. I can't stop thinking about him and knowing that he is not here really…Continue
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This is an article I wrote for my writing class about MD.
Out of My Mind…Continue